Traveling can relax the mind, renew the soul and offer new (and familiar) ways to see things. Travel Times brings the joy of traveling to our Valeo memory care neighborhoods by giving them the feel of a far-away place through food, decorations, activities, photos from residents’ personal travel history and other reminders of past travels. These activities have been shown to open novel paths that connect residents to pleasant, bygone memories.
Respecting your story starts with knowing your story. This program engages each resident’s family to collect items that played an important role in their family member’s life. Connecting with these cherished items helps residents recall many of their past experiences and creates a strong bond between residents, family and community team members.
Animals have a remarkable ability to help lower our blood pressure, reduce anxiety, improve our moods and make us want to go “awww.” Creature Comforts was created to give residents the chance to interact with dogs, cats, fish, birds and other animals.
Art and music inspire and reflect our deepest feelings. Thanks to the Create and Compose Signature Program, cognitively challenged residents find avenues to rekindle their inner spark. The sensory stimulation of art and music has the power to reduce depression and loneliness, enhance relaxation and socialization, strengthen a sense of identity and nurture spirituality.
Dementia affects more than memory. It can also have a profound impact on a person’s mood. The VITA! Program trains team members how to turn the everyday into something special, memorable and even joyful.
Like Valeo, Floreo is designed for residents with mild memory impairment, but focused on brain fitness and emotional health and well-being. Floreo, which is Latin for “flourish” or “flower,” features programs offered in small-group settings, led by extensively trained team members. Through this innovative level of engagement, residents enjoy brain-fitness activities to develop new skills, enhance memory and motion, and preserve memories and experiences.
The Display Chef program was created to showcase the culinary team at its best. Cooking demonstrations have become very popular in restaurants and hotels and we are excited to take that same level of expectation and experience to our senior living communities across the country. This will give the community chefs and cooks an opportunity to show off their cooking skills and knowledge to a larger captive audience of the residents, family members, new prospects and team members. The Display Chef program is hosted by each of the communities and is scheduled once a month on the Salus programs calendar. Our chefs and cooks are encouraged to prepare dishes that inspire them and bring out their creativity. Our culinary programs are designed to encourage wellness, entertainment and healthful dining experiences.
Dogs have the ability to promote a positive physical, emotional and social experience on a daily basis for older adults. The Bow Wow Biscuit program by Solvere Living provides an opportunity for the culinary team and all team members to work together to create a healthy and nourishing dog biscuit that can be given away to residents who have current dogs living in their apartments or who have dogs that visit them with friends and family. The Bow Wow Biscuit Program joins the other Signature Programs that are unique to our Salus Program.